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AN EX-Red Arrows pilot was among speakers inspiring high-flying business leaders at a dinner.

Simon Meade OBE, formerly leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team and chief operations officer of a front-line Harrier squadron, was a guest speaker at the event, hosted by Spectrum Corporate Finance, law firm Blake Morgan and HSBCs.

Simon, who had a 20-year military career, now works as a corporate advisor to companies in the renewable energy and clean technology sectors.

During the event at Lainston House Hotel in Winchester, he said: ‘Leading an elite display team is in many ways no different from managing any commercial management team.

‘The consequences of getting it wrong are more extreme, perhaps, but the principle is the same – you have to chase out the fine details to succeed. In my view the key is communication.’